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Pittsburgh Member of Council District 7

Council consists of nine members elected by district by the city of Pittsburgh voters. The legislative power is vested in the council. Council members in odd-numbered districts are elected 2 years after the even-numbered district members are elected.

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    Deb Gross

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What are your top three priorities for this office?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?

What policy changes would you recommend to improve police accountability?

Last Name Gross
First Name Deborah
Campaign Phone (412) 212-6731
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Education I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and my Master’s Degree in Sociology from Duke University.
Qualifications for office I am a lifelong progressive activist who wants to continue the work I began when I was first elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 2013. Since then I have been a champion for workers rights, safe, affordable, publicly controlled water, sustainable and equitable local food systems, the environment, and community-driven development. I work with neighborhood and community groups to address Pittsburgh's growing affordable housing crisis. In a time when so many elected officials are afraid to challenge growing corporate power, I am proud to always fights for people over profits.
District Pittsburgh City Council District 7
My top three priorities for my next term on council will build upon the successes of my first term. First and foremost, we must continue to protect our water from privatization. We need to ensure every citizen has access to safe, clean drinking water. Second, we must fight for greater affordable housing requirements and protections so that our neighbors aren’t priced out of the communities they helped build. Last, but not least, we must continue to fight for working families across the city. This means fighting for ideas like a $15/hr minimum wage and increased public transportation options.
When we value diverse perspectives, we get equitable, inclusive policies that lead to social and racial justice. I am firmly committed to building a stronger, more equitable Pittsburgh for all. Each one of us deserves the chance to benefit and prosper from Pittsburgh's growth. For too long, we have catered to developers and special interests, which has resulted in policies that hurt working families and neighborhoods. I will always put people first and center the voices of those most marginalized.
We must continue to push for community policing. This is one of the biggest challenges faced by cities across the country, and Pittsburgh is no exception. I support requiring officers to live in the city, and will fight to put that requirement in their next contract. I support independent citizens review boards who examine and review police conduct. The best way to restore trust is to have openness in our processes. It will not be easy or fast, but sunshine is the only solution.